Chamm, a short film about Dalit community and their struggles, has reached the Cannes for this year's Short Film corner.
This one is the story of a man who earns his livelihood by selling the skin of dead animals in a village and leads a miserable life. He is subjected to sufferings at the hands of the village head when he refuses to vote for any political party as he thinks the parties have been making false promises for his community. The Dalit community in the village is persuaded to get organised and fight against the atrocities they have been suffering, when the woman veterinary doctor joins a hospital in the village.The 35-minute film will be screened at the Cannes between May 22 and 28.
Director of Chamm, Rajeev, who is originally from Mullanpur, quoted that it is an independent and self-funded film which is about inner defeat and victory. He also added that they had developed an alternative distribution system for the film by screening it free of cost in villages and small towns.
Rajeev, is now based in Mumbai but started his career as a filmmaker in 1994 with a documentary “Aapna Pash”, which was based on the life of revolutionary poet Pash.
His earlier film 'Nabar
' featuring Nishawn Bhullar was also appreciated worldwide. It won the National Award in 2012 in the best Punjabi feature film category. National award winning actor Baljinder Kaur also features in Chamm, which is based upon a short story written by Bhagwant Rasulpuri. We'll also get to see the Haani actress turned Director, Mahreen Kaleka playing a prime character in this short film.
Struggle of rural landless Dalits to reclaim one-third share in the village common land is going on for almost nine years in around 70 villages of Sangrur and Mansa.